Release Date: Feb 22, 2019
Record label: Wichita
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Some bands sound like more than the sum of their parts. FEELS are one of them. On paper, there's nothing especially new about their sound; melodic guitars and playful vocals are at the forefront, with a sensibility that lands neatly between pop and punk. In reality, though, the Los Angeles outfit carry it off with gripping energy and infectiousness.
Judging by the response on Twitter, the New England Patriots-L.A. Rams game earlier this month deserves to go down as the Worst Super Bowl Ever. But in between all the shit-posting about Tom Brady and Adam Levine's tattoos, we were treated to perhaps the greatest post-game soundbite in NFL history. When asked about his team's 13-3 loss to the Patriots, Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth indulged in some unexpected locker-room existentialism: "I don't give a crap if you have a Hall of Fame bust, if you've been a Pro Bowler, or win 20 Super Bowls.
If you're an indie rock band and you want to play up the garage punk influences in your music, you would think having Ty Segall as producer would be the way to go. But a listen to 2019's Post Earth, the second album from Feels, suggests maybe the formula is more complicated than that. Segall produced Feels' self-titled 2016 debut album, which was a likable bit of pop-leaning indie rock with a seriously garage-centric undertow.